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How would you pronounce Elias?

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Cheburashka Wed 15-Jul-15 18:53:12

This is it really. Considering it as a middle name but I only like it pronounced as EH-LEE-AS. Really don't like E-Lye-us..
How would you pronounce it?

MamaLazarou Wed 15-Jul-15 18:54:24

E Lie us

whatsagoodusername Wed 15-Jul-15 18:54:25

I would say Eh-lye-us.

Blueberrybaby Wed 15-Jul-15 18:54:28

El-eye-as - sorry. But if it's only a middle name does it matter so much.

TheHouseOnBellSt Wed 15-Jul-15 18:56:07

I would say it like the others... El-lie-as

I knew a Spanish girl called Elia and think it's very feminine how you'd want it pronounced.

Juliecloud Wed 15-Jul-15 19:04:04

Eh lee as but only because I know someone called that and that's how they pronounce it.

turdfairynomore Wed 15-Jul-15 19:07:51

El-ee-as but only as I holidayed in a very nice hotel in Cyprus called the Elias beach!

RiverTam Wed 15-Jul-15 19:10:43

Eh-Lee-as but that's because I knew one (Polish parents I think). British people would mainly pronounce it Eh-lye-as.

barbecue Wed 15-Jul-15 21:13:01

Ill - EYE - us. That's how I've always heard it said in church.

SanityClause Wed 15-Jul-15 21:16:25

El-eye-us. Emphasis on the middle syllable.

pasbeaucoupdegendarme Wed 15-Jul-15 21:16:32

El-eye-us is the only way I've heard it, and that was as a surname.

DevaDiva Wed 15-Jul-15 21:23:07

El-ee-as but again that's because I once knew (a rather beautiful) boy with the name and that's how he pronounced it. That brought back memories of my youth grin

villainousbroodmare Wed 15-Jul-15 21:27:55

I'm trying to think when I last heard someone say my middle name. I'm pretty sure it was at my graduation 15 years ago. Before that, at my confirmation at the age of 12. Before that, presumably at my baptism.
Do you think it'll be a problem?

barbecue Wed 15-Jul-15 21:29:30

If you like the "Eh-lee" sound then how about Elliot?

Sophronia Wed 15-Jul-15 21:30:29

Eh-lye-us, but I know it's Eh-lee-as in many other countries.

confusedeio Wed 15-Jul-15 21:31:20

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sherbertlemon17 Thu 16-Jul-15 19:30:32

I know an eh-lee-as! I think it sounds weird the other way to be honest.

SingForBacon Thu 16-Jul-15 19:36:46

I know an Elias who pronounces it ELL-ee-us (like us as in cous cous not us like fuss)

Before I knew him I would have said it Ee-LIE-us (same us as above) or

Deeperdown Thu 16-Jul-15 20:19:37

el eee ass

EmmaWoodlouse Thu 16-Jul-15 20:51:57

I normally think of it as ill-EYE-as but I've known one person called ELLY-as - he was of Middle Eastern/Arabic ancestry.

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HelloIAmBaymax Thu 16-Jul-15 21:09:26

I used it as a middle name and we pronounce it Eh-LYE-us

bobajob Thu 16-Jul-15 21:11:07


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